RelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Tom Dele-Bashiru has revealed his admiration for former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, saying the retired superstar is his hero. The Manchester City player, who opted to play for Nigeria after he represented England at Under-16 level, said: “Jay-Jay Okocha is my hero. I just loved his playing style and watched videos of him all the time when I was growing up. He’s a big hero of mine, as is (Nwankwo) Kanu.” He was part of the squad at the Under-20 World Cup earlier this season and scored in a 4-0 win over Qatar. Born in Manchester, he qualifies to play for Nigeria through his father. “I’m very proud of my Nigerian roots,” he said. “It’s a great honour to play for my country and show everyone that Nigeria is a great breeding place for talent. It’s a massive country and we have massive support. Everyone there is a football fanatic so the country will be behind us during this tournament. We have got to make them proud.” The midfielder’s decision to play for the Super Eagles was also borne out of the esteem in which he holds a Nigerian great. Meanwhile, Dele-Bashiru heads into a crucial African Cup of Nations Under-23 match tonight with his dream of playing in the Olympics on the line. The Watford midfielder, 20, is with the Supers Eagles for the tournament in Egypt and watched from the bench as Ivory Coast won the group opener 1-0 at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo. The former Manchester City player will now hope to get the nod for the game with Zambia at the same stadium tonight and a win is now a must if they are to get out of a group that includes South Africa. The top three teams in the eight-team tournament will qualify for Tokyo 2020. “It’s a big tournament as if we qualify, we get to go to the Olympics,” Dele-Bashiru said. “I’m really excited as it’s a massive competition. There is high expectation to do well and qualify. It will be really disappointing if we don’t qualify. We won it four years ago so we’ve got a lot to live up to. We’ll try our best and hopefully that will be enough.” Dele-Bashiru is joined in the squad by former Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali and Wolves forward Bright Enobakhare. “The Under-20s is a good team and most of the lads are from that team,” said Dele-Bashiru. “I haven’t been with the 23s before, but it looks like a team of very good individual players who work hard together. We’ve got a few guys from Europe so it’s exciting.”Tags: Nwankwo KanuSuper EaglesTom Dele-Bashiru
Several students of the South Ruimveldt Secondary School were on Friday held and gunpoint and robbed of their cash and mobile phones among other items while purchasing snacks at a nearby food shop. Reports are that at about 12:15h on Friday, the students walked across to the food shop located at Macaw Lane, South Ruimveldt when the two men rode up on two separate pedal cycles and entered the shop.Upon entry, one of the men whipped out a handgun, and he brandished it at the children while his accomplice relieved the students of their cash and other valuables. The men then escaped on their pedal cycles.Upon receiving the report of the robbery, the Police searched a house in the same street, but came up empty-handed. The Police have taken statements from the victims, who are still traumatized, and from eyewitnesses.No arrests have been made, but Police continue their hunt for the two men.